Lovely–a fossile. These recent sorts of quick metamorphoses into the antique I have started noticing in places I never expected to. I have ‘usernames’ that I used for places in New Orleans after Katrina, but that I had seen 5 months before. None of the internet nostalgias are quite as nice as this, of course, and this one reminds me of a trilobite fossile I once bought at a street fair and gave my mother as a present. I have it now, and it’s 55 million years old (or the seller wrote that.) Just looked at it again now, it’s from Green River, W. Va., which I had not remembered. On top of it (not so well-organized) was one of the two cranberry goblets I saw in a flea market store in the Marigny near my B & B, and remembered so strongly I called the store up 3 weeks after I got back and made the owner go back and find them and sell them to me (he thought it was crazy at first.) I often thought he probably really got flooded and ruined, because a big outdoor-plant store just across the street and at same level did, but I’ve never been able to find him on the net, and don’t remember the name of the store.
Maybe a month ago a new sidewalk stencil appeared about a quarter mile downhill from the H.30.B.M. This one, not as skillfully executed as the fossilizing woman with the coronet, says “KONY 2012,” the meaning of which is known. I’ve not seen the film, nor have I followed the exploits of Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army. I read a book about the central African wars in which so many different constituencies and alliances are implicated it’s hard to keep them all straight. Here’s a link to the film, which I see has received more than 89 million clicks on Youtube since it went up in March. I’ll try to watch it sometime today.
The Kony 2012 video is slick and energetic though not particularly informative. The gist is that the filmmaker wants to put international pressure on the US government to provide ongoing military assistance to the Ugandan army in an intensive attempt to capture Kony once and for all. But Kony isn’t even in Uganda any more; he’s allegedly in the Central African Republic. So that means the US would be directly supporting an African nation’s military incursion into another sovereign nation. That’s nothing new for Uganda: its army has likely perpetrated more war crimes in neighboring countries, and in Uganda, than has Kony’s LRA, its forces having already been reduced to a grand total of about 300 scattered soldiers. Kony is a menace to be sure and should be captured or killed. I just don’t believe that the US military support of the Ugandan army is the way to do it.
So here’s a piece about why the Kony 2012 agenda is wrongheaded; and here’s a longer one about Kony’s ongoing involvement in the various political and military alliances that have wracked central Africa for decades. But Kony 2012 is so 2 weeks ago, so probably nobody cares much one way or another now.